Rooney signs new deal with United
November 25, 2006 7:33pm CST
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2012. Rooney, 21, was already tied to United until 2010 but the England star's new deal ensures he will remain with Sir Alex Ferguson's side for at least the next six years. The former Everton player has the chance to celebrate his new deal, which will see him earn around 100,000 pounds a week, by beating title rivals Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday. Rooney, who has scored 40 goals in 105 appearances for United, is determined to help his side end Chelsea's two-year reign as Premiership champions and he told the club's official website: "I am made up after signing a new two year extension, its something that I have always wanted. "There is so much that I want to achieve with this club starting hopefully with the Premiership this season. "It is an exciting time at the moment and I am relishing the challenge that goes with it. "The team is developing, with a mix of experience and youth, and I am just glad that I can play my part in it." Rooney's representatives had only started contract negotiations two months ago and Ferguson said he was delighted to have the deal tied up so quickly. "Obviously I think for everyone at the club it is great news that Wayne has committed his future to Manchester United," Ferguson said. "It reflects our intention to build a team to stay together. Cristiano (Ronaldo) signed a new contract last year and we have exciting young talent here too. "We see Wayne and Cristiano emerging as the best players in the world, they have their finest years in front of them and We will all be lucky to witness that."